Found May 30, 2013 on The Pensblog:
We've already looked at the Bruins' offense. Bruins coach Claude Julien shook things up at a practice leading up to this series. On the left is how the Bruins have been rolling. On the right is what Julien was playing around with at practice on Wednesday. If you've been watching the playoffs, all of these names ring a bell. The Bruins' defense isn't flashy or even well known, but the fact of the matter is they play well as a unit. Coupled with Rask, this defensive corps has a 2.33 GAA in these playoffs, which is better than the Penguins. Mike Colligan of The Hockey Writers has already laid out what should be the Pens' game plan: From a forechecking perspective, the Penguins need to 'invest' themselves early in this series.  What does that mean?  Toronto did it perfectly late in their first round matchup against the Bruins.  Chip the puck into the corner, let the Bruins defensemen pick it up, then punish them phys...

Ference, Redden practice with team Tuesday

WILMINGTON, Mass. — According to a report from James Murphy of, Boston Bruins defensemen Andrew Ference and Wade Redden, both suffering from lower body injuries, practiced with the team on Tuesday.   As Murphy notes, the fact that Ference was skating is indeed a “good sign”, but that does not give him the automatic go for Saturday’s opening game against the...

David Krejci Misses Bruins Practice Thursday, Reason for Absence Was ‘Minimal Maintenance’

The Bruins were without the league’s leading playoff scorer Thursday at practice, but it’s apparently nothing to be too concerned about. David Krejci didn’t take the ice for Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., on Thursday morning, which may have been a little bit unsettling for Bruins fans after Krejci practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, B’s...

Pittsburgh Bar Bans Sale Of Sam Adams Beer During Penguins Series Against Bruins

Prohibition ended 80 years ago, but one Pittsburgh bar is bringing it back. Kind of. Pittsburgh bar, Howler’s Coyote Café will ban the sale of Boston beer, Sam Adams starting on Saturday night when the Penguins face off against the Boston Bruins. This was the “public service announcement from the staff at Howlers” on the bar’s Facebook page: It seems crazy to prohibit...

Don't you want to help this blind dog, Ray Charles, drop a puck for the Bruins?

That Golden Retriever up there, Ray Charles, is blind. And there's a petition circulating to get him to drop a puck for the Boston Bruins. SportsGrid reports: Ray Charles is a blind Golden... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

NESN to Provide One-Hour Pre- and Postgame Coverage of Eastern Conference Finals

The Bruins and Penguins open the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night in Pittsburgh, and NESN will be there to bring you complete pre- and postgame coverage throughout the series on NESN and NESNplus. The action gets underway on NESN with an hour-long edition of Bruins Face-Off LIVE beginning at 7 p.m. and taking you all the way up to puck drop. After the final horn, flip it...

Dennis Seidenberg, Zdeno Chara Will Need to Play Big Minutes for Bruins to Combat Pittsburgh Firepower (Audio)

The Bruins were expected to have some problems in their defensive zone against the New York Rangers after key injuries on the Boston blue line. That didn’t prove to be the case, but as Dennis Seidenberg and other D-men return to the lineup, the B’s still have their work cut out for them. The Penguins have one of the most powerful offenses in the NHL, and despite the emergence...

Matt Bartkowski Says It Will Be ‘Awesome’ to Play Against Hometown Penguins, Says Bruins Are ‘There to Win’

WILMINGTON, Mass. — The smile spread across Matt Bartkowski‘s face even before the question was finished. How will it feel to play against his hometown Penguins, the team he rooted for as a youngster? “I can’t believe how many times I’ve been asked that,” the Bruins rookie defenseman said with a laugh. “It’s going to be awesome.” Especially if Boston upsets Pittsburgh...

Pittsburgh bar bans sale of Boston brew during Pens-Bruins

10 Best Bruins moments in Chiarelli Era by   David Carr

(Note: I’ve been made aware this post doesn’t display well in the Mobile App due to the embedded videos, you might want to view it on the website!) When the Boston Bruins face the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday in the Eastern Conference finals, they will be trying to win the Stanley Cup for the second time [...]

Pens: Round Three Schedule

  Source: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images Game One: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins – 8:00 Saturday, June 1 (NBC) Game Two: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins – 8:00 Monday, June 3 (NBC Sports Network) Game Three: Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins – 8:00 Wednesday, June 5 (NBC Sports Network) Game Four: Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins – 8:00 Friday, June 7 (NBC Sports...

Claude Julien shows John Tortorella the love

Photo via BostonHerald.comScott LevesqueManaging Editor It's been six carefree days since the Bruins sent the New York Rangers and John Tortorella packing for a long off-season break. Then just two day ago the Rangers decided to return the favor as they fired their volatile coach, Tortorella. It seems that Tort and Bruins head coach Claude Julien have more in common then we...

SERIES PREVIEW: 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. Special Teams and Tuukka Rask.

We've already covered the forwards and defensemen. PENS POWER PLAY The Pens had a 24.7% during the regular season, and that number has jumped up to 28.3% in the playoffs. The Bruins' PK, meanwhile, was 4th-best during the regular season at 87.1%, but that number has dropped to 81.1% in the post-season. PENS PENALTY KILL The Bruins' PP was a flaccid...

NHL Conference Finals Previews and Predictions

Through two rounds, I have predicted only one series winner incorrectly but the only one I got completely right was the Kings/Sharks going to seven games. I was a bit off on the number of games for the rest of them. Pittsburgh/Ottawa ended up being far less competitive than I predicted and I was one game off on both the Boston/New York and Chicago/Detroit series. So in other words...
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